Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Pasadena
It started off like any other motorcycle ride. Then in an instant, everything changed. You heard squealing brakes and felt the startling impact of a collision — and you did nothing wrong. What are your legal options?
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, Texas personal injury law allows you to pursue compensation for your losses. Turn to an experienced Pasadena motorcycle accident lawyer at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC for the qualified representation you deserve.
Our law firm provides top-quality legal services to people just like you. We understand what you’re going through and can help lessen your burdens.
Call (713) 609-1930 or contact us online today for a free consultation with a proven motorcycle accident attorney.
Benefits of Hiring Our Lawyers to Handle Your Claim
Motorcycle accident claims can be significantly more complicated than typical car accident cases. Motorcyclists often sustain serious injuries in a wreck, many of which are life-changing and take an enormous financial and psychological toll. Calculating the value of a motorcycle accident claim and securing meaningful compensation can be complicated. Insurance companies often value profit over the wellbeing of claimants.
Motorcycle accident cases can also suffer due to an unspoken bias against riders. Motorcycle enthusiasts are sometimes depicted as law-breaking troublemakers. This unfair portrayal can color how an insurance adjuster, judge, or jury views your claim. It may even result in blame being laid on your shoulders instead of the at-fault driver, jeopardizing your ability to recover full and fair compensation.
An experienced Pasadena motorcycle accident attorney can fight back against insurance company tactics that may hurt your claim. At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we will work to build a compelling claim backed by evidence showing why you deserve maximum compensation for your injuries.
How is Fault Determined for a Motorcycle Crash Case?
After a wreck with a negligent driver, you may think you have an open-and-shut case. But that won’t be how an insurance adjuster sees your claim. Why? Because their job is to look for holes in your case and use them to minimize your compensation. They may ask loaded questions to trick you into saying something to weaken your claim. Or they may imply that a prior medical condition is the cause of your injury, not the motorcycle wreck. To prove liability for an accident, you need strong evidence supporting your claim that the other driver was negligent.
Keep in mind there is not always a “smoking gun” that proves fault after a motorcycle accident. It often takes a significant amount of evidence to paint a complete picture.
Examples of evidence that may help establish liability for a motorcycle collision include:
- Medical records
- Police accident report
- Witness statements
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Surveillance video from nearby homes or businesses
- Dashcam video
- Vehicle damage reports
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Cell phone records
Gathering strong evidence can be challenging when you’re recovering from serious injuries. And some proof, like phone records, must be subpoenaed by a legal professional. A skilled Pasadena motorcycle accident attorney can assist you in gaining the documentation you need to prove your case.
The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than most other vehicles on the road. When negligent drivers fail to check their surroundings, serious collisions can occur. The at-fault driver often claims, “I never even saw them.” Still, that’s no excuse for an accident.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Fatigued driving
- Following too closely
- Unsafe lane changes
- Unsafe or illegal turns
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Poor visibility
- Inclement weather
- Road hazards and poor road conditions
Common Injuries Motorcycle Riders Suffer
Whether you received medical treatment at the scene or were transported in an ambulance following a motorcycle crash, you may have suffered serious, potentially long-term injuries.
Some of the most common injuries seen in motorcycle wrecks include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Facial injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Road rash
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
Far too often, motorcyclists don’t survive their crash injuries. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows motorcycle riders are overrepresented in fatal crash statistics. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, over 400 motorcycle riders lost their lives in just one year in the state.
What Compensation Could Be Recovered for a Motorcycle Wreck?
You could recover valuable compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries if a negligent driver is at fault for a collision.
Potential compensation in a motorcycle accident claim could include money for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Not all insurance claims settle quickly. It takes time to gather evidence and negotiate for the fair value of a claim. However, when an insurer won’t negotiate in good faith or drags the settlement process out for an extended period, it can impact your ability to file a lawsuit down the road.
In Texas, motorcycle accident victims have two years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. You could lose your right to compensation if you miss the deadline. But hiring a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in Pasadena means you don’t have to worry about keeping track of critical deadlines. Your attorney can deal with insurance adjusters and prepare your case for trial while you focus on healing.
You shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of another person’s poor decisions. Put Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to work for you. We can help you seek the compensation you deserve and provide you with peace of mind and reassurance through every stage of the process.
Contact us today for a free case review.
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What is negligence?
“Negligence” refers to careless, reckless, or wrongful (including unlawful) behavior. Often, this type of behavior leads to serious accidents, injuries, and even deaths. Some examples of negligence include someone who runs a red light because they were texting while driving, a shop owner who fails to put out a “wet floor” sign after an employee mops up a spill, or a dog owner who allows their dangerous dog to roam free and unleashed in a public park.
How do I know if I have a case?
You likely have a personal injury case if you were injured and suffered measurable damages—such as medical bills or pain and suffering—due to the careless, reckless, negligent, or wrongful conduct of another person or party. In other words, if someone else is to blame for your injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to know whether you have a case is to contact an attorney at our firm for a free consultation. During this initial meeting, we can go over the details of your situation and provide personalized counsel tailored to your circumstances.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The exact value of your personal injury case depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, the extent of your damages, whether you had to take time off work to recover, how much time you had to take off work, whether your injuries resulted in a disability, and your degree of fault (if any) in causing the event that led to your injuries. It is not possible for any attorney to estimate the value of your claim without first reviewing the specific details involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Houston personal injury attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to request a complimentary case review.
Will I have to go to court?
Not all personal injury cases go to court. In fact, many settle in pre-trial litigation or as a result of your attorney’s negotiations with the insurance company. However, if the liable party refuses to play fair, you want an attorney who is not only willing but also has the experience needed to aggressively represent you at trial. At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we will prepare you for what to expect with your case, including whether or not you may need to go to court.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
In most cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Texas (surrounding states may have different laws). This means that you typically have just two years from the date of injury to bring your claim in court. Sometimes, when an injury is not discovered right away, the statute of limitations will be deferred to two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.
There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline, but they are rare. We encourage you to act quickly after an accident or injury to avoid losing your right to seek compensation for your damages. If the statute of limitations expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case. Even if you think it might be too late, reach out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to discuss your legal options.